California Vines, Wines and Pioneers

California Vines, Wines and Pioneers

California Vines, Wines and Pioneers

California Vines, Wines and Pioneers


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Grab your glass and take to the wine trail with food genealogist Sherry Monahan as she traces the roots of California's Vines, Wines & Pioneers." While cowboys and early settlers were writing the oft-told history of the Wild West, California's wine pioneers were cultivating a delicious industry. The story begins when Franciscan missionaries planted the first grapes in Southern California in 1769. Almost a century later, news of gold drew thirsty prospectors and European immigrants to California's promise of wealth. From Old World vines sprang a robust and varied tradition of wine cultivation that overcame threats of pests and Prohibition to win global prestige. Journey with Monahan as she uncorks this vintage history and savors the stories of California's historic wineries and vineyards."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609498849
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,141,452
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Sherry Monahan is a marketing consultant, professional genealogist, and the author of several books on the Victorian West, including Taste of Tombstone. Sherry writes a Frontier Fare column for True West magazine and has appeared in several shows on the History Channel. Sherry is the Vice President of Western Writers of America. Peter Mondavi Jr. is the grandson of Cesare and Rosa Mondavi, the Napa Valley pioneers who purchased the historic Charles Krug Winery in 1943. Peter, his brother Marc, their father Peter Sr., and now members of the fourth generation, have renewed efforts to preserve the historical legacy of Napa Valley's first winery.

Table of Contents

Foreword Peter Mondavi Jr. 7

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 Sacramental Gold 15

Chapter 2 Napa Pioneers 21

Chapter 3 Sonoma Pioneers 67

Chapter 4 A Blend of Other Pioneers 107

Chapter 5 Historic Vines 135

Chapter 6 Two Deadly "P" Words: Phylloxera and Prohibition 145

Bibliography 151

Index 153

About the Author 159

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